FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton will stay away from the workforce till Thursday attributable to a “misunderstanding” on COVID-19 checks “performed away from NFL amenities,” the membership introduced Monday.
Newton’s absence comes after he traveled to a Patriots-approved medical appointment that required him to go away the New England area, in accordance with the workforce’s assertion.
“He acquired each day Covid checks, which have been all detrimental. Because of a misunderstanding about checks performed away from NFL amenities, and as required by the NFL-NFLPA protocols, Cam will probably be topic to the five-day entry cadence course of earlier than returning to the power,” the assertion learn.
Based on NFL-NFLPA protocols, Tier 1 and Tier 2 people — together with all gamers — are exempt from each day testing and allowed to journey if they’ve acquired the COVID-19 vaccine.
Newton will proceed taking part just about in workforce actions however will miss practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Wednesday apply is the primary of two with the New York Giants in Foxborough.
Coach Invoice Belichick mentioned earlier Monday that Newton is the beginning quarterback, however like gamers at any place, he nonetheless has to reestablish that standing all through the preseason. Belichick mentioned there could possibly be a change at any place if somebody performs higher than the starter or the starter is not obtainable.
Newton had taken No. 1 reps all through coaching camp till Monday. He began each preseason video games and is 12-of-16 passing for 152 yards, with one landing and no interceptions. He has performed a complete of 29 snaps.
Jones has been the No. 2 quarterback, coming in behind Newton at apply and within the first two preseason video games. He’s 26-of-38 passing for 233 yards, with no touchdowns and interceptions, over two preseason video games. He has performed 77 snaps.
Earlier in coaching camp when Newton was requested if he was vaccinated, he declined remark, saying it was a private matter.
Veteran security Devin McCourty, a longtime Patriots captain who filmed a public service announcement about vaccinations with fellow captain Matthew Slater, was requested about that Monday because it pertains to Newton’s standing.
“I feel I’ve mentioned it to rather a lot to guys, and the little video me and Slate did — vaccinations is a private determination. That is as much as every particular person,” he mentioned. “And so far as how the workforce views that, and the way we go ahead, that is a Invoice Belichick query. I really feel like he would tee that up, and knock that out of the park. So I will go away that for Invoice and let him deal with that.”